Following on from my parts list comparison, I thought I would take a look at the gauges for my dash panel restoration. When I looked at the lists it suggests that from chassis number 239165 the petrol gauge that was fitted, had the part number 2H1079. this was supported by the later parts list 1406NS which also had the 2H1079 listed. In contrast the ‘standard’ fitment is listed as 2H1417. Unfortunately I discovered that I had the 2H1417 so I set about trying to find the correct gauge on the assumption that the part number would be labelled just above the needle as is with the 2H1417 version.
I was struggling to find any references, photographic or otherwise for the 2H1079 version, leading me to think that they could have been labelled differently. Thankfully that was not the case as Chris Gould very kindly looked through his gauges and found the example below.
(Photo courtesy of Chris Gould – Example of 2H1079 X30406 gauge)
Below is my ‘standard’ 2H1417 X37650 for comparison .
Chris has informed me that although the above example of the 2H1079 has cut outs for side illumination, they appear to be a man made adjustment. Therefore, I think it is safe to assume that the 2H1079 does not normally have any cut outs for side illumination which in turn would make sense as the Nippy’s don’t have back-lit instrument lighting. This in contrast to the 2H1417 example which has cut outs for direct lighting. Other than this the dial face appears to be identical.
To date, this is the only example I have come across. It would be interesting to see if anyone else has got a 2H1079 fitted to their Nippy – please make contact.
I have recently come across a Youtube video showing a 2H1079 in situ. I appreciate that some of the other gauges/lights are non standard, but it is the first one I have actually seen in a car. Unfortunately I don’t have any other details of the vehicle/owner.
Has anyone else had chance to check their Nippy gauges?